Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

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Kevin O'Rourke
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Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by Kevin O'Rourke » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:35 pm

Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Do you like the A-H and 1-8 numbers on the set or prefer that it not be there? I quite like it there but once started a league game with it the wrong way round. After a few moves we both decided to stop the game and rearrange the pieces correctly.

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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:48 pm

Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:35 pm
Do you like the A-H and 1-8 numbers on the set or prefer that it not be there?
I don't have a preference, other than that if they are present on the board, they should be the correct way round. It's worth having a mental map as to which square is where and what colour it is.

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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by Barry Sandercock » Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:41 am

Kevin O`Rourke wrote:
Do you like the A-H and 1-8 numbers on the set or prefer that it is not there?

It makes no difference to me. Winning the game is the main thing.

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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by IanCalvert » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:12 pm

As someone who sometimes makes notation errors, I grew up with English Descriptive, I think correct lettering is a good thing.

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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by Roger Lancaster » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:13 pm

Problem with these on-the-board grid references is that, if the board is set up "the wrong way round", new juniors often follow the grid - so opening moves 1 e4 e5 become instead 1 d5 d4 and so on!

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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:17 pm

I don't think it matters much but I do choose the settings on my smartphone programs that omit the characters.
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Re: Rank and File letters and numbers preference.

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:39 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:17 pm
I don't think it matters much but I do choose the settings on my smartphone programs that omit the characters.
Is that during the game?

For my part, I don't mind whether the board has the labels or not, but if it does they should be the right way round. I guess its a touch of OCD in many chess players.

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